Sprains and Strains in the Kitchen

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Have you noticed that tingling and numbing sensation on your hand or wrist after chopping vegetables? Doesn’t feel good, does it? Well, it’s caused by the pinching of a nerve in the wrist by muscle ligaments.

Home chefs who do repetitive work like chopping, mincing, or mixing tend to have hand and wrist pains. The repeated motions you do while preparing meals in the kitchen can be hard on your joints. In fact, it can lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a disease of the hand characterized by numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness.

When confronted with a large amount of chopping and slicing, it’s advisable to change the position of your hand from time to time as you peel, slice and mince away. It’s also advisable not to rush.

Give yourself plenty of breaks, and rest your hands for five to ten minutes. Keep your wrists and hands in a straight line with your arms. Do not bend the wrists backwards or forward.

That frozen bag of peas can also be useful for wrist pains. Or you can use ice. Just wrap it in a towel of washcloth and apply the compress to the injured area for ten minutes. Pain relievers such as Ibuprofen or naproxen are can also help loosen strained muscles and reduce swelling, as well as alleviate the associated pain.

One sure way for home chefs to avoid wrist pains is to let small electric appliances do some of the work for you. An immersion blender or handheld drink mixer can get your whisking done quickly and painlessly. A food processor is perfect for mincing and shredding. And an electric jar opener takes away the strain of twisting off lids. Why suffer the pain if you can use these devices to help you prepare your meals?

Here is a link to a slideshow of kitchen cooking tips for people with arthritis— particularly the elderly—to avoid muscle pains and strains while making meals in the kitchen.

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